Bake Off hit by Ofcom compaints over rainbow bagels

LBGTQ+ community is outraged after Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood says rainbow bagels ‘represent the NHS’

Tuesday night’s episode of the Great British Bake Off received complaints after Paul Hollywood said rainbow-coloured bagels represented the NHS.

Broadcast regulator Ofcom has confirmed to MailOnline that it has received 18 complaints from disgruntled viewers of the Channel 4 show over the remarks made by judge Paul. 

Fans took to Twitter in disbelief during the show as Paul, 54, failed to mention the significance of the rainbow flag in the LGBTQ+ community when talking about the rainbow bagels made by contestants in the Technical Challenge. 

Complaints: Tuesday night’s episode of the Great British Bake Off received 18 complaints after Paul Hollywood said rainbow-coloured bagels represented the NHS 

For the technical challenge, bakers were required to make six perfectly-shaped rainbow bagels. 

Discussing the task during bread week with fellow judge Prue Leith, she asked: ‘Paul, why rainbow coloured bagels?’

To which he responded: ‘I think bagels are a great challenge when you’re making bread, you’ve got to boil them which is unusual and then bake them as well. 

‘I think the rainbow colours for me, although it originated over in the States, I think it represents the NHS.’ 

Shocked: Fans took to Twitter in disbelief as the judge, 54, failed to mention the significance of the rainbow flag in the LGBTQ+ community

His say: Paul said: ‘I think the rainbow colours for me, although it originated over in the States, I think it represents the NHS’

To which Prue, 80,  said: ‘Well it does now’.  

Viewers soon took to Twitter in their droves to comment on his oversight. 

One wrote: ‘when Paul Hollywood said rainbow bagels represent the NHS and not the LGBTQ+ community’.

The task: For the technical challenge, bakers were required to make six perfectly-shaped rainbow bagels

Technical challenge: Sura got to work making the rainbow glazed rolls 

Another fan of the show added: ‘Paul Hollywood brazenly stating that rainbows represent the NHS with a s**t eating grin on his face. *gay rage intensifies*’.

A third chimed: ‘Paul Hollywood saying “I think rainbows represent the NHS” on national television just doesn’t sit right with me’.

Another added: ‘Rainbow bagels do NOT represent the NHS Paul!’ 

Rainbow: During lockdown, when Bake Off was filmed, the rainbow flag also became a symbol of hope for the NHS as they battled the coronavirus pandemic

What?! Viewers soon took to Twitter in their droves to comment on his oversight

A different viewer said: ‘Watched by millions of people. Paul didn’t even a knowledge the significance of the rainbow flag to the gay community, he just said ‘it originated in the states’. 

While another stated: ‘Making rainbow bagels on #bakeoff and Paul Hollywood reckons they make you think of the NHS. No Hun, those bagels are gay bagel’

‘Paul Hollywood said make RAINBOW COLORED BAGELS to represent the NHS?? Are you sure sir…’, said another. 

Tricky: The bakers felt the pressure as they had to boil and then bake the bagels 

The rainbow flag (also known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag) is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) pride and LGBTQ social movements. 

The colours reflect the diversity of the LGBTQ community, as the flag is often used as a symbol of gay pride during LGBTQ rights marches. While this use of the rainbow flag originated in San Francisco, it is now used worldwide. 

During lockdown, when Bake Off was filmed, the rainbow flag also became a symbol of hope for the NHS as they battled the coronavirus pandemic. 

Across the county, people would put up an image of a rainbow on their windows in honour of the NHS.  

Baking fun: Prue and Paul judged the technical bake, with Rowan coming last meaning he was eliminated from the competition

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